Date Posted... May 17th 2023

Gold DofE Celebrations at Buckingham Palace

Congratulations to our students, past and present, who celebrated their fantastic achievement of completing the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award this week at Buckingham Palace. They were all invited to a garden party to collect their awards and celebrate with their peers.

Mark Aston, Head of Outdoor Pursuits, said, “All of the students should be very proud of their achievement. It is a great accomplishment to complete all three levels of DofE, and you have all put in so much effort to get this far.”

DofE promotes skills, including teamwork, as well as enabling students to improve their confidence and become more courageous. Gold DofE includes completing a year of volunteering and either a year or six months of a physical-based and skilled-based activity. The students also had to complete a three-night expedition and a four-night residential away from home.

Speaking at the event Levison Wood, author of 11 books, explorer, and photographer, said, “The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a testament to the power of connection and its ability to create open-minded leaders of tomorrow. You are all future leaders in whatever field you decide to go into.”